On this invigorating cruise to Belgium and the Netherlands, you’ll have chances to experience memorable water-based exploration, both on board Boudicca and during calls at compelling destinations. As well as enjoying relaxing evening sailings of winding rivers and waterways, you could take canal boat tours of beautiful cities to uncover sights and highlights to savour.
Your rewarding week away begins with an overnight sail from Dover to the Netherlands, where Amsterdam – the diverse Dutch capital – awaits. Attractions are in abundance here, from the haunting Anne Frank House to a comprehensive collection of world-renowned galleries and museums including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum; take advantage of your overnight stay to take your pick of the highlights. Highly recommended is a boat tour of Amsterdam’s iconic canals. You could opt to enjoy a tour during the day, in the evening or both; the fine architecture of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring are equally fascinating before and after nightfall. Rotterdam – the Netherlands’ stylish second city – brings futuristic sights to your cruise, after departing Amsterdam via the Nordzeekanaal. Rotterdam’s modern bridges and towers are a sight to behold as you glide into port, while there are plenty of impressive sights to discover once you head ashore too; the innovative 1970’s Cube Houses and magnificent Markthal are well worth taking the time to visit. An evening scenic cruise along Nieuwe Maas concludes your time in the Netherlands, before Boudicca sails south to Belgium.
Ghent is the first of two Belgian delights on your itinerary. This enchanting medieval city showcases a collection of interesting attractions, including the striking gothic structures of St Bavo’s Cathedral and the Castle of the Counts, and the UNESCO-listed, 91-metre-high Belfry. The highlights of Ghent are easily discovered on foot or via the tram; though you may opt to embark on another magical canal boat tour here. However you choose to explore, don’t miss the chance to sample authentic Belgian chocolate expertly crafted by the city’s artisan chocolatiers. After another evening of scenic cruising along the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, you cruise concludes with a call at Antwerp. Once you’ve arrived in Belgium’s beautiful second city, you’ll have time to explore at your own pace during an overnight stay. While the legendary diamond district is the jewel in Antwerp’s crown, there are plenty of other treasures to uncover here too; the intricate guildhouses of Grote Markt, the mighty Cathedral of our Lady and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts are all highly recommended.
Thursday 26 Sep - Dover
Fri 27 Sep - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Golden Age canals lined with elegant merchant homes is the familiar backdrop for the Netherlands' historic capital, Amsterdam. Established in the 17th century with the construction of the River Amstel dam, this celebrated port offers everything from treasure-packed museums and antiquarian bookshops to chic boutiques and convivial cafés. Equally, art is never far away in this hub of uber-creative design. One noticeable thing about the city is that, some 150 years after its industrial heyday, Amsterdam is once again awash with producers.
Amsterdam has some 40 museums, and the Museum Quarter boasts three of the most famous: the Rijksmuseum has paintings from Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, displays work from Manet to Picasso. The Anne Frankhuis where Anne Frank and her family hid from German troops during the World War II, is an experience many visitors seek.
Whether on boat or bike - there are more bikes than permanent residents - exploration of the city is relatively straightforward, and a tour of the Canal Ring district, an UNESCO World Heritage site, is not to be missed. Seemingly unchanged since the 17th century, the district has been recognised for its unique cultural and historical values, and is home to many exclusive gabled facades and their celebrity owners.
Sat 28 Sep - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat 28 Sep - Cruising North Sea Canal, Netherlands
The North Sea Canal (or Noordzeekanaal) is Amsterdam’s direct link to the North Sea and is one of the country’s busiest and most important shipping lanes.
Despite its industrial importance, there’s a lot more to this winding waterway than just container ships. Along the banks of the 16-mile-long canal – from the mouth at Ijmuiden, to the end in Amsterdam – there are an abundance of diverse sights to see on a scenic cruise to the Dutch capital, including interesting fortifications from World War Two, huge power plants, pretty beaches and nature reserves.
Sun 29 Sep - Rotterdam, Netherlands
The words innovative and inspiring sum up Rotterdam, a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Netherlands' second largest city has a diverse community, a captivating maritime history, and an abundance of excellent museums.
The city is like an exhibition of futuristic architecture, an achievement made even more remarkable given Rotterdam was literally razed to the ground during World War II. The north side of the city is easy to discover on foot. The Maritime Museum has vintage ships and exhibits that trace the city's seafaring history, while the Pilgrim Fathers Church is the site where pilgrims worshipped before embarking for America.
Sun 29 Sep - Cruising Nieuwe Maas, Netherlands
The Nieuwe Mass is a 24 kilometre-long distributary of the Netherlands’ mighty Rhine River.
On a relaxing cruise along the Nieuwe Maas, you’ll pass lovely waterfront houses, see the iconic Erasmusbrug Bridge and have the opportunity to savour the sight of Rotterdam’s soaring skyline. Be sure to have your camera to hand as you glide west along this wonderful 24 kilometre distributary of the mighty Rhine River.
Mon 30 Sep - Ghent, Belgium
Belgium’s cosy but vibrant hidden gem, Ghent, is often described as Europe’s best kept secret. Located at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers, this beautifully-cultured city is easy to explore either on foot or tram. Adored by its locals, Ghent offers visitors the Castle of the Counts, the superb St. Bavo’s Cathedral, the Gothic-style St Nicholas’ Church – Ghent’s oldest and most iconic landmarks – and the UNESCO-listed 91-metre-high Belfry, the tallest in Belgium.
The various fascinating galleries and museums to visit include the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of History of Sciences and the Ghent City Museum. Nestled within the fabulous canal side architecture are many welcoming bars and restaurants, and a swathe of amazing shops. Ghent is also just a 30-minute train ride from Brussels, perfect for those who wish to visit the Belgian capital.
Despite its popularity with visitors, tourists remain surprisingly thin on the ground, which, for many, puts it ahead of other Belgian destinations such as Bruges and Antwerp.
Tue 1 Oct - Ghent, Belgium
Tue 1 Oct - Antwerp, Belgium
Belgium’s charming, medieval city of Antwerp is the country’s biggest port and often recognised as its capital of cool. It has proved an alluring city for centuries, attracting lovers of art, fashion and, of course, diamonds – over 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through the city's famous diamond district at some point or other. Renowned for its charm and sparkle, Antwerp was one of Europe’s principle cities in the mid-16th century and has maintained the essence of its medieval past, despite severe bombing during World War II.
Wed 2 Oct - Antwerp, Belgium
Wed 2 Oct - Cruising Western Scheldt River, Belgium
Located in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, the Western Scheldt River is an estuary of the Scheldt River, and is the only direct way to the North Sea. An important shipping route for the port of Antwerp, the Western Scheldt River is formed in the east where the Schelde River enters the Netherlands from Belgium. An interesting route to cruise along, there are no bridges across the river, only a tunnel running from Ellewoutsdijk to Terneuzen, or foot ferries.
Thu 3 Oct - Dover
Named after the British warrior Queen, Boudicca has built up a loyal following, combining style and space with the renowned personal service. Up to 880 guests can sail in comfort on board Boudicca, enjoying the welcoming, home-from-home ambience, ample space and fantastic restaurants, lounges, bars and facilities of a smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ship.
Up to 880 guests can cruise aboard Boudicca, which, thanks to an extensive refurbishment of the ship's suites, bedrooms, restaurants, lounges and facilities, will continue to show you the world in comfort and style for many years to come. You can indulge yourself with delicious dinners in the Four Seasons, Tintagel or the Heligan Room restaurants; take a dip in one of the three heated pools; watch a show in the Neptune Lounge; simply relax on the Sun Deck; enjoy al fresco dining at The Grill; and much more, without ever feeling overcrowded.
Cruising alongside hundreds, not thousands of like-minded travellers also ensures that staff on board Boudicca can provide the ship's renowned personal, attentive service, catering to your every want and need.
Drinks Package Upgrade
For real peace of mind, add the All Inclusive Drinks Upgrade. For one fixed price you can enjoy a selection of house beers, house wines by the glass, house spirits and soft drinks plus 50% off most premium brands.
The All Inclusive Upgrade is a great way to save on the cost of your trip. Guests can enjoy a selection of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks from just £19 per person, per night* (£35 per person, per night on cruises of five nights or less and Speciality Sailings).
What's Included in upgrade In the bars:
Selection of soft drinks by the glass: post-mix Pepsi, lemonade, tonic water, juices and mineral/spring water.
Selected red, white and rosé house wines by the glass.
Selected Cava by the glass
Selected branded beers in cans or on draught.
Selected cider in cans.
Selected house spirits: white rum, gin, vodka, whisky and brandy.
Cocktail of the Day (varies from cruise to cruise)
In the restaurants & buffet areas:
Selection of soft drinks, mineral/spring water & juices by the glass.
Selected red, white and rosé house wines by the glass.
Selected branded beers in cans.
Regular tea & coffee
* Additional Charges
If the number of people staying in this room is less than the maximum occupancy, there may be a slight charge for under-occupancy.
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